Resources on Contingent Appointments

AAUP Policy Statements & Reports 

Charts and Tables Showing Trends in Faculty and Instructional Staff Status:

The Employment Status of Instructional Staff Members in Higher Education, Fall 2011 (Data report, released April 2014; PDF, 68 p.)

Trends in Faculty Employment Status, 1975-2011. A bar chart showing changes in different faculty job categories since 1975.

Trends in Instructional Staff Employment Status, 1975-2011. A bar chart showing changes in different instructional staff categories since 1975. Unlike the chart above, this one does include graduate employees.

Trends Table. The same data as the two charts above, but in table format.

Statement on the Affordable Care Act and Part-Time Faculty Positions. 2013.

Legal Round-Up: What’s New and Noteworthy for Higher Education? By AAUP Counsel. These yearly legal roundups summarize and highlight significant court decisions and legal developments on this topic.

 The Inclusion in Governance of Faculty Members Holding Contingent Appointments. 2012. A report prepared by a joint subcommittee of the Association’s Committee on Contingency and the Profession and the Committee on College and University Governance.

Tenure and Teaching-Intensive Appointments. 2010. A report approved for publication by the Committee on Contingency and the Profession.

Looking the Other Way? Accreditation Standards and Part-Time Faculty.  2008. A report approved for publication by the Committee on Contingent Faculty and the Profession.

Part-time Faculty Appointments. Section 13 of the Recommended Institutional Regulations on Academic Freedom and Tenure. 2013.

AAUP Contingent Faculty Index 2006. Provides data specific to individual college and university campuses on the number of full-time faculty with and without tenure, the number of part-time faculty, and the number of graduate student employees.

Contingent Appointments and the Academic Profession. 2003.

The Applicability of the Standards for Notice of Nonreappointment to All Full-Time Faculty Members on Renewable Term Appointments. 1995.

The Status of Non-Tenure-Track Faculty. 1993.

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AAUP Actions & Initiatives

One Faculty Campaign: Through the campaign, AAUP staff, leaders, and members are working together to develop tools that faculty can use on their campuses to gain concrete improvements in job security and working conditions for faculty on contingent appointments.

Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor. A network of activists involved in contingent faculty issues. 

Coalition on the Academic Workforce. An organization formed in 1997 by over a dozen disciplinary and professional associations to disseminates information on contingency and its implications.

Campus Equity Week. A biennial week of action drawing attention to academic contingent work. 

Collective Bargaining. Many local AAUP chapters act as the collective bargaining agents for campus faculty, often including non-tenure-track part- or full-time faculty. 

Negotiating Contingency: Devising a Practical Workplan. A webinar presented by Mike Mauer, a labor attorney who serves as senior labor advisor to the AAUP.

Other Resources

Links to Other Organizations

National Postdoctoral Association's database of institutional policies in postdocs:

Degrees of Shame, a thirty-minute documentary by Barbara Wolf about the prevalence and working conditions of faculty in contingent positions.

Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Labora forty-five-minute documentary, available for free download or available on YouTube.